Feb. 20, 2023

Episode 133: Greg Walker “Green Beret/Hatchet Brewing Company”

This week in the studio a guest who joined the US Army Reserves while still in High School as a Medic. He was then accepted into the United States Military Academy at WestPoint, where he graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He then was selected for the Infantry Branch where he quickly completed Ranger, Airborne, and Air Assault school. His first deployment while being assigned with the 1st Infantry Division was to Kandahar Afghanistan. After returning and wanting more from his career my guest attended and passed the Special Forces Assessment and Qualifications courses, following those quickly with Pathfinder, SERE, and Russian Language school. He was deployed twice more to Afghanistan but now as a Green Beret. This guest has also worked missions in East Africa after which he chose to end his military life. While transitioning from the military my guest and his business partner built and amazing Taproom and Craft Beer Experience that is known as Hatchet Brewing. He’s here to tell the good, the bad, and the ugly of combat, transition, and brewing the best craft beer in the world. Please welcome Greg Walker…..

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Greg Walker

Green Beret/Owner Hatchet Brewing

Greg Walker grew up on a 200 acre farm in Kirksville, Missouri, with his parents and younger sister. In High School, he joined the U.S. Army Reserves as a Medic before getting accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point. He graduated from USMA in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer. He went on to complete his basic infantry training, graduating from Ranger School, Airborne School, and Air Assault School. His first duty station was Fort Riley, Kansas, with the First Infantry Division, where he deployed to Maiwand, Kandahar, Afghanistan as a Mortar Platoon Leader. Upon returning from his first deployment, he participated in the Special Forces Assessment and Selection and began the Special Forces Qualification Course. There he completed Pathfinder School, SERE, and Russian Language Training. After graduating SFQC, he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, where he deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan as a Battle Captain. After his second deployment to Afghanistan, he was assigned to Special Forces Operational Detachment - Alpha (SFOD-A) 3331, where he served for 2.5 years, deploying to Eastern Africa as the Detachment Commander. After his time on SFODA 3331, he was selected to be the 3rd Battalion Support Company Commander, where he chose to end his military career and pursue experiences in the corporate and entrepreneurial world. After he left the military, he founded Hatchet Brewing Company and worked at Midrex Technologies, an engineering technology company specializing in Direct Reduced Iron for the Iron and Steel industry, for approximately four years as a Project Engineer and Project Manager. Greg is now an operating owner of Hatchet Brewing Company, a small, independent, and veteran owned craft brewery in Southern Pines, North Carolina.